The very word “Festival” conjures thoughts of up-beat music, lively dance, great food, fun in the sun. The 2011 Twin Cities Polish Festival offers all of this (well, the sun is always iffy) and much more! What is magnificent about the Polish Festival is the unbounded celebration of Polish culture — Chopin, Conrad, classic films, ethnic food, modern jazz, polka and more mix with accordion playing, folk dance, vodka tasting, a 5K Run and more in a wondrous mix of fun and exploration of the Polish heritage.
All are welcome to join the festivities on Saturday, August 13, 10-10 and Sunday, August 14, 11 – 6. Gather on the banks of the Mississippi, across from Riverplace and St. Anthony Main. This grand celebration of All Things Polish is definitely a community event, not just for Polish folks anymore – not that there is anyone who will admit to total dearth of Polish heritage!
Some highlights offer a glimps of what’s happening:
- Jaroslaw Golembiowski, the distinguished composer and pianist who is the featured performer for the Chopin Celebration Concerts
- Grazyna Auguscik, internationally acclaimed Jazz singer/composer renowned for her progressive jazz vocall, accompanied by a group of jazz notables including Paulinho Garcia, Brazilian singer/guitarist and Polish electric violinist
- Polka Family Band, the five times Grammy nominated band from Pennsylvania.
- The Megitza Quartet offering a unique jazz/world fusion/gypsy repertoire
- Vodka tasting – new this year
- The 2011 Minnesota State Amateur Polka Dance Championship
- The 3rd annual NaZdrowie! (to your health) 5K race
The Polish FilmFestival, a highlight of the two-day Festival, offers a weeklong program with film showings every evening, August 12-18. The FilmFestival, co-sponsored by The Film Society, is at the St. Anthony Main Theater.
Details, updates, a map, bus, NiceRide, parking and more on the Twin Cities Polish Festival website.
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